Posts made in August, 2013

29 August

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Dear Parents
FAITH  FACT FOR WEEK 5   ~   Vocation
The word vocation comes from the Latin vocare – to call, and so means a calling from God,  In the past this was sometimes rather narrowly understood in terms of a vocation to priestly or religious life.  In more recent times the Church has emphasised the common vocation of all the Baptised.  Within this universal or general vocation each Christian may have a calling to a particular vocation; marriage, the single life or to priestly or religious life.
Our prayers are with the Folesi and Maxwell families.
Verdon College  ~ Enrolments close tomorrow
Jarlath Kelly, the Principal has requested all parents to get their form in on time. This is regardless of whether they have been able to get the preference forms signed or not. Any queries please ring me.
Convent Cup  ~  Monday 23 September @ Verdon College
We have entered the following teams for Convent Cup:
2  x  Basketball
2  x  Rugby – (1 x Yr 5 + 1 x Yr 6)
2  x  Netball – (1 x Yr 5 + 1 x Yr 6)
1  x  Soccer
We are looking for coaches for the Yr 5 Netball and the Yr 6 Rugby teams.
If you can help please see me or Mrs Lieshout. 
Thank you.
School Sores
Please be aware school sores are circulating the school at present.
Achievements
Congratulations to Tim Richardson who was awarded the ‘Under 7 player of the year’ for the Waikiwi Rippa Rugby Team at their prize giving last weekend.
Lost Jerseys
Please take the time to check if your child has the correct jersey.
Shaun Clapperton and Caleb Hickey have been missing their jerseys for some time now. They are both named.
The Sopranos Pizza Night ~ Saturday 7thSept $30 Adults, $20 Child
For one night only Paddington Arms is bringing back Invercargill’s favourite Pizza Makers. Matty and Jeremy Hawkes are bringing back Sopranos’ top 6 pizza’s served to you buffet style with fries, salad greens and finishing with a dessert pizza and also their famous Bonoffee Sundae. Phone 2158156 to book your seat.
Junior Waterpolo  ~  Years 1-6
Competition will begin next Friday (6th September) in the learners’ pool and the shallow end of the deep pool. Teams that played in Term 1 will continue in Terms 3 and 4. 
Room 7 Class Happenings
We have been looking at how properties change.
Most of our predictions when growing crystals were that we would grow big crystals that would be worth lots of money. Well after a week some of our crystals hadn’t grown, we think this maybe because of the metallic pipe cleaner that was in the cup, the crystals were not able to latch onto the pipe cleaner and begin to grow.
After two weeks, most of us had grown our very own crystals. Jared came and told us that these had formed because the water in the cup had evaporated and the salt had clinged onto the wool forming into a crystal.
    
We had lots of fun making goo. We mixed Corn Flour, water and a drop of food colouring. When we moved the goo around in our hands it became solid but if we left it to drip in between our fingers in turned into a liquid.
  
Term 3/4 Sport
Touch
·                Starting on the Wednesday 23rd October
·                Cost is $18 per child – this needs to be paid prior to playing
·                Played at Turnbull Thompson grounds from 3:45 – 6pm.
(off Islington Street)
·                IN ORDER FOR TOUCH TO GO AHEAD WE WILL NEED PARENTS TO COACH TEAMS
Football/Soccer
·             $35 per player
·             Played at Turnbull Thompson grounds
·             Starting on Monday 21stOctober
·       Playing dates – 2013 – October 21st, November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, December 2nd, 9th
2014 – February 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, March 3rd  
 


ALL FORMS NEED TO BE IN BY WEDNESDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. PAYMENT NEEDS TO ACCOMPANY THE ENROLMENT FORM.
SPORT
_________________from Room ___  would like to participate in:
I am available to coach a team :   yes /  no
TOUCH
Years 1-2                     Years 3-4                     Years 5-6
(Please circle one)
FOOTBALL/SOCCER
First Kicks 5s (Born 2008-2009)       First Kicks 6s (Born 2007)
Fun Football (Born 2005-2006)         Mini Football 10s (Born 2003-2004)
Mini Football 12s (Born 2001-2002)
                               (Please circle one)t Kicks 10s       (Born 2003 – 2004)Football 12s       (Born 2001 – 2002)
DOB: ___/___/____
Address: ____________________
Phone: ______________________  Cellphone: ___________________
Email: ______________________
I have included payment of $ ________________                 (please )tick)
Signed_____________________________________________________________
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22 August

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Dear Parents
Congratulations to Fr. Jacob who celebrated 30 years in the Priesthood yesterday.
Thank you to the children in Room 8 who helped celebrate Miss Swney’s birthday today.
Polyfest
Well done to all the children who took part in the Polyfest on Tuesday. You put on an excellent performance and it was good to see such a colourful photo in yesterday’s paper. A special thanks to all the parents who helped out and a huge thanks to Matalaoa Taito, Ele Seau and Mrs Tagomoa-Kaa.
Tablet
Please take note of the picture of Neve Waddel in this weeks edition of the Tablet. She is portraying Joseph in our school production “Let it Shine”.
Pastoral Care
As part of our school review process in 2013 we are looking at Pastoral Care.
I will be putting information in the newsletter over the next couple of weeks and will ask for feedback from parents and children.
What is Pastoral Care?
  • An expression of the philosophy and vision of the school.
  • Embraces networks of relationships between administrators, students, staff, parents and the wider community.
  • Is not imposed but arises out of a shared dialogue with all members of the community towards creating a climate of growth and well-being for all.
  • Involves formal and informal experiences of care.
  • The integration of the cognitive, social and religious dimensions of a school’s energy so that an atmosphere of care prevails in the school community.
  • All measures to assist an individual person or a community reach their full potential, success and happiness by coming to a deeper understanding of their own humanness.
  • Is reciprocal and integral to teaching.
  • A concerned response to people’s needs such as self esteem, self discipline, developing relationships, communicating effectively, dealing with challenges, finding spiritual meaning and achieving potential.
  • Recognises, involves, affirms and encourages all to live life to the full.
  • Developing emphathetic relationships so that the people in the school community are nurtured into wholesome maturity.
  • Is not problem-centred but is characterized by a sense of care, kindness and celebration.
  • The care that embraces the total life of the school by recognising and developing each person’s gifts.
  • Is unique to each school and recognises the strengths and weakness of its community.
  • The partnership between the school, parents, parish and all agencies that foster the growth and well-being of the community members.
FAITH FACT FOR WEEK 4 Communion
As a Christian term this is a translation of the Greek ‘koinonia’ meaning sharing or fellowship. St Paul used the term to describe the close union that Christians, through the power of the Holy Spirit, have with God and with each other. In itself this communion reflects the unity among the persons of the Holy Trinity. The link between the vertical (with God) dimension and the horizontal (with people) dimension of this communion is both signified and strengthened in the celebration of the Eucharist when the members of the Church (the body of Christ) share in the ‘body of Christ’ in ‘holy communion’.
Ski Trip ~ Thursday September 5th ~ We have a few seats left.
Puppet Stand
Rooms 1 & 2 would love a puppet stand. If you know of anyone who has one of these, that is not being used, please contact the office.
Empty Gladwrap Roles
Room 2 would appreciate these for their building table.  Thank you.
Have you got Spare Sports Gear, someone else could use???
Pass it on – Wednesday 4th September.
If you have unused sport or fitness equipment, Sport Southland wants you to PASS IT ON to schools and community organisations on Wednesday 4th Sept.
Simply drop your gear off to your local school and they will call us to pick it up. The gear will be distributed to schools, clubs and community organisations in need.
Hockey Results:
Ballers played St Theresa’s Green and won 3-0.  POD was Robbie Humm.
Stars played Woodlands and won 8-0. POD was Caleb Hickey.
Achievements
Congratulations to Caleb Wolf and Alex Harrington who were runners up in the Under 11 doubles at the Southland Table Tennis Champs on Saturday.
Class Happenings   ~   Room 6
In Religious Education in Room 6 we are learning about a Messiah.  We conducted some research and gathered together these facts about some people who have made a difference in other people’s lives.
Nelson Mandela
Stood up for the equality of all races.
Was put in prison for 38 years for being a black man.
He led non-violent protests against apartheid in South Africa.
Stood up for the black people who had no rights in South Africa.
He stood up for people’s freedom.
He won the Nobel Peace Prize in
He was the first black president of South Africa.
Michael Jackson
He was a famous singer and dancer.
Sang songs to raise money for the poor.
He was known for the “Moon Dance”/
He wore on glove.
He sang the song “Billie Jean”.
His songs give a message.
He was called the “King of Pop”.
                       
                                               
Mother Teresa
Cared for the sick and the poor in Calcutta, India.
She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
She started the Sisters of Charity.
She spent her life helping people.
She came from Albania.
She believed in God.
She said “Peace begins with a smile.”
Jesus was the Messiah that the people of Palestine were waiting for.
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15 August

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 15 August

Dear Parents
This week our prayers are with the Jordan family. Case was injured and has been flown to Starship Hospital. Signs are positive for recovery but it is still a wait and see situation.
A reminder about the Teachers Only Day this Monday (19th)
Two staff will be at a course in Dunedin while the rest are at a writing course in Invercargill. OSCAR is available to provide child care if this is necessary.
Assumption Mass
Thank you to the parents who were able to join us this morning.
Ski Trip ~ Thursday September 5th ~ Yr 4/5/6   
Only 7 seats left. Forms are available in the office for those interested.
BOT Meeting
Due to Board training, the next meeting will be on Monday 26th August @ 7pm.
Polyfest
Good luck to all the children who have been practising for the Polyfest next Tuesday. I look forward to seeing you perform.
Netball
A big thanks to the Netball coaches for all your work again this year, culminating in the break-up and parent-child netball game.
The children assure me that they won.
Lunch Box Quantities
At our last staff meeting we discussed the outcomes of our timetable changes and automated bell system. One constant was the time children took to eat their lunch especially in the junior classes. Sometimes this is due to children just being slow eaters, but it can also be due to the amount of food.
We have 10 minutes for morning tea and 15 minutes for lunch. We also have a brain break at 11.20 am and milk on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Can I ask that the parents of the junior classes, please check the quantity given.
Book Amnesty
We have a lot of books not being returned to school. Can I ask all parents to check at home for books belonging to us and return them asap.
No questions asked.  Many thanks.
Help Our School Get a Share of $500,000 Worth of Sports & Art Gear
Collect the stickers from specially marked Meadow Fresh products. The more stickers collected, the more gear our school will get.
When you buy specially marked 2L Meadow Fresh Milk, check under the back label to see if you’ve won $250 for you and $500 for your school!
There is a box in the Junior corridor under the RED POST BOX. Put your filled sheets in it. Sheets are available from the notice board by the Red Post Box in the Junior corridor.
Basketball – Tomorrow is the last day to hand your Basketball notice in.
FAITH  FACT FOR WEEK 3   Symbols
Signs and symbols are vital to the way people communicate and find meaning in life in all human cultures.  Symbols are particularly important in Catholicism because of its highly developed understanding of Sacrament and sacramentality.  So symbols such as the use of water for Baptism, or Jesus’ reference to himself as ‘the Bread of Life’, are an integral part of a Catholic understanding of life.  All the Sacraments of the Church are actions of Christ celebrated through symbols that point to and actually bring about a deeper reality.
Production DVD
Mrs Stupples is currently working on putting together our 2013 school production DVD. If you would like a copy of this, when it becomes available, please ring Christine to have your name put on the list.
Puppet Stand
Rooms 1 & 2 would love a puppet stand. If you know of anyone who has one of these, that is not being used, please contact the office.
Empty Gladwrap Roles
Room 2 would appreciate these for their building table.  Thank you.
Hockey Results:
SH Ballers lost 2 – 4. Player of the Day was Josh Livingstone.
SH Stars lost 1 – 2. Player of the Day was Zane Flawn.
Achievements
Congratulations to Breyah Takitimu who was chosen to dance with the NZ Royal Ballet last week. What an amazing opportunity for a 9 year old.
Class Happenings   ~   Room 5
Thank you for ensuring that your child has a water bottle in the classroom each day and replacing any needed glue sticks.
We are planning in the next few weeks to undertake construction using small cartons, as part of art. Please would you save small cartons (up to the size of a cereal box) and anything else suitable, for your child to bring to school in order to make a creation.
This month we are exploring time and learning to tell time to the hour and half-hour. We have also been looking at different sorts of clocks.
It would also support your child’s learning if you were able to state the time when certain things happen especially if it is on the hour or half hour. For example: “Look! It’s 8 o’clock, time for bed” or ” It’s 5:30, time for tea”
 Room 5 have been writing narratives and would like to share some retells of familiar tales with you.
Once there lived three bears. There was a Father Bear, a Mother Bear and a Baby Bear. Then went out for a walk. Goldilocks smelled porridge. She went into the house. First she tried Father Bear’s porridge, but it was too hot. Then she tried Mother’s bowl, but it was too cold. She tried Baby Bear’s porridge and it was perfect. She later felt sleepy so she tried the three chairs. First she tried Father Bear’s chair but it was too hard. Then she tried Mother Bear’s bed but it was too soft. She tried Father Bear’s but it was too hard and when she tried Baby Bear’s bed it was just right.  Markus
Once upon a time there were three bears. They went for a walk but Goldilocks, who was naughty, went inside and saw three bowls of porridge. One of the porridges she said was too hot.  Sam
Once upon a time there were three bears who lived in a cottage. Father Bear had a big VOICE, Mother Bear had a middle sized voice and Baby Bear who had a tiny little voice. You could only just hear it. When the three bear’s mother said, “If we go on a walk our porridge will cool down. ”
There was a naughty girl called Goldilocks, who went into the bears’ cottage.  She tried Father Bear’s porridge and it was too hot. Then she tried Father bear’s porridge and it was too cold and Baby Bear’s porridge was just right.
 Matthew
“Let’s have a race.” The tortoise said yes. They had a race. The hare ran so fast that he had a nap. Then the tortoise was in the lead. When the hare woke up the tortoise was miles away from the hare. The hare knew he would not win. The tortoise won.  Cole R
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Basketball
I give permission for ________________   to play basketball.              
Year ____                    Signed_________________   
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8 August

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 8 August

Dear Parents
Our prayers are with the Holland family.
Keeping Ourselves Safe Meeting – Tonight 8thAugust @ 6 pm
A reminder about this meeting tonight.  Constable Fenton Herrick will outline aspects of the programme and be able to answer any questions.
If you need to bring your children, please do so and we will set up some activities for them in Room 6.
Assumption Mass
Next Thursday the children will attend Mass for the Feast of the Assumption. Parents are most welcome to join us in the church @ 9.30 am.
Ski Trip ~ Thursday September 5th ~ Yr 4/5/6
We are now opening this up to Year 4 children, accompanied by a parent. Forms are available in the office for children interested in this day trip.
Seats will be confirmed when payment is made @ $115 each and will be based on a 1st in 1stserved system.
Teachers Only Day – 19th August
MES OSCAR will provide care for Sacred Heart children from 8.30am until 6pm in the hall on 19 August.
If you are interested in using our service, please contact 218-9520.
Production DVD
Mrs Stupples is currently working on putting together our 2013 school production DVD. If you would like a copy of this, when it becomes available, please ring Christine to have your name put on the list.
Help Our School Get a Share of $500,000 Worth of Sports & Art Gear
Collect the stickers from specially marked Meadow Fresh products. The more stickers collected, the more gear our school will get.
When you buy specially marked 2L Meadow Fresh Milk, check under the back label to see if you’ve won $250 for you and $500 for your school!
There is a box in the Junior corridor under the RED POST BOX. Put your filled sheets in it. Sheets are available from the notice board by the Red Post Box in the Junior corridor.
Basketball – Tuesdays 4 – 7.30 pm – For Yr 3-6
If your child would like to play please fill out the slip and return to the office no later than Friday the 16th of August. $40 must accompany this slip.
N.B.  Sorry no late entries.
FAITH  FACT FOR WEEK 2
The Feast of the Assumption
This is the dogma that the Blessed Virgin Mary was taken (assumed) body and soul into heaven at the end of her earthly life.  Mary’s Assumption is a sharing in the Resurrection of her Son and an anticipation of the resurrection of others.  The Assumption is celebrated liturgically by a Feast Day on 15 August.
Megan McKenna Presentations
Bishop Colin encourages all parishioners and teachers in Otago and Southland to attend, as his guest, one or more of Megan’s sessions.   Megan keeps her audience mesmerised and brings meaning to Scripture stories.
Venues:           Wednesday 14thAugust – Topic “Cast Out into the Deep”
                at Holy Cross Centre, Mosgiel 10.00am -3.00pm 
                       (Tea and coffee available, bring own food).
Thursday 15thAugust – Topic: “Like a Hammer Shattering Rock” at Kavanagh College Auditorium, York Place, Dunedin.  4.00pm – 6.00pm (Ecumenical Public Session).
                        Monday 19th August – Topic:  “Cast Out into the Deep”
St Peter’s College Chapel, Kakapo Street, Gore.  10 -3.00pm
                        (Tea and coffee available, bring own food).
Contacts for reservations:
            Pauline 03 4745750 or Susan 03 4741994 ext 701
            Email paulinel@cdd.org.nz  or susanh@cdd.org.nz
Hockey Results:
SH Ballers lost 1 – 2 to Salford. Player of the Day was Jack Harding.
SH Stars won 2 – 0 against Makarewa. Player of the Day was Joshua Newell.
Achievements
Congratulations to all the children who participated in the Chess Tournament on Thursday.  There were some fierce battles, and Sacred Heart School came third in the team competition.  The children should be proud of themselves and it was a great day overall.  Mrs Stupples
Congratulations to Jacob Downing, Kayla Boniface & Aimee Brookland who were selected for the “All Saints Silver Netball Team” and will compete in the Southland Tournament tomorrow.
Congratulations to Brooke Cross who won Gold at the Southland Gymnastic Step 1 competition last weekend.
Congratulations to Mark Bryan who has been named as a finalist for the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Congratulations to David Stupples, along with his band Scrambl3d from James Hargest College who won the 2013 Smokefree Rockquest, Southland Regional Finals last weekend.
Class Happenings   ~   Room 2
It has been a busy start to the term with new children starting school.  
We are showing the new children our routines and teaching them our games and activities.  
Father Hook came to see us last week, and we had lots of fun singing with him and his guitar.  We love singing ‘Aroha is love’ and ‘Awesome God’ and look forward to Father coming to visit us again soon.
This week we are learning to read aloud to an audience.  We have been learning to stand still while we hold the book, make sure our voice is loud and clear, remember to look at our audience sometimes, and use expression to make our reading sound like talking.  We are also learning to be a good audience, by making sure we are nice and quiet, and looking at the person reading.
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Basketball
I give permission for ________________   to play basketball.               
Year ____                    Signed_________________   
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1 August

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 1 August

Dear Parents

Welcome back to Term 3 at Sacred Heart School.

We welcome this term Grace Vincent, Jestin Binu and their families to Sacred Heart. We hope they enjoy their time with us.

We wish all the children taking part in the Chess Tournament today all the best. They were all looking very excited when I saw them this morning.

We look forward to another busy term with some of the events listed below:

8/8                              KOS Parent Meeting

9 & 15/8                      Zone Netball Tournament

15/8                             Feast of the Assumption

19/8                             Teacher Only Day

20/8                            Poly Festival

5/9                              Ski Trip

8/9                              Confirmation

19/9                             Science Van

22/9                            School Mass

23/9                            Convent Cup

24/9                            Mercy Day

25/9                            Kid Can Cook

Teachers Only Day – 19th August

MES OSCAR will provide care for Sacred Heart children from 8.30am until 6pm in the hall on 19 August.

If you are interested in using our service, please contact 218-9520.

Seasons for Growth – Loss and Grief Programme

This term we are running the Seasons for “Growth programme” at school.  It is the first time this has been offered in Southland.  The programme helps children come to terms with grief and loss in their lives.  This loss can be due to parent separation, death of someone close, or even children having difficulty coping with changing schools, a new baby etc.  If you believe that your child is having real trouble with some of these issues and would like your child to take part in this programme, please contact Mrs Stupples (vstupples@shsinv.school.nz)as soon as possible.  

The programme will start at the end of next week.

I-pad Mini’s

With the lease up on our pod laptops, we have had a change in focus and have replaced them with 20 i-pad mini’s, which will be used across all the classrooms. Rooms 7, 8 & 9 have been using some in their rooms so far this year and we will look to extend this throughout the school.

The staff begins some professional development next week on the educational application of these in relation to their class levels.

Ski Trip ~ September 5th ~ Yr 5/6

Forms have now been sent out to those children who showed an interest in the Ski Trip. Your seat will only be confirmed when payment is made.

Seats are still available for children and parents @ $115 each.

In Term One Anne Kennedy from Dunedin Diocese compiled Faith Facts for the Weekly Newsletter and Von Cassidy and Margaret Fitzpatrick from the Auckland Diocese compiled Faith Facts for Term Two.  Maureen Phillips from the Wellington

                      Diocese has prepared the following Faith Facts for Term three.

FAITH  FACT FOR WEEK 1   ~   Sacrament

In its broad sense the term sacrament refers to ways in which the invisible saving power of God is made visible through created things.  But properly speaking a sacrament is ‘a visible sign of invisible grace’.  Thus the Second Vatican Council spoke of Christ as the sacrament of God, and the Church as the sacrament of Christ.  In particular it refers to the seven sacraments of the Church which are signs and instruments of Christ’s grace.

PTA ~ Our next meeting will be held on the Monday 5th August 7.30 pm in the Staff room.  All welcome.

Lost Jersey – With the name Lucy Baynes. Please check at home.

Scholastic Bookclub ~ Issue 5 will close on Friday 9th August.

Achievements

Congratulations to Breyah Takitimu who has been asked to be an extra in Swan Lake with the Royal NZ Ballet next Thursday and Friday night at the Civic Theatre.

Also Breyah and Danye danced last weekend in Dunedin competitions and both won their age groups bringing home 7 trophies. 

Claire Kinney was named Player of the Day this week from her Queen’s Park Soccer Team.

Hockey Results:

SH Ballers won against St Theresa’s 3-2. Alex Hawkes was Player Of the Day.

Basketball

Basketball starts this Term and runs into Term 4. It will be on Tuesday night at the Stadium from 4-7.30pm. It is for Year 3- 6 children. The season is from 10 September and finishing in December. Each team will play 10 games.

If your child would like to play please fill out the slip at the end of this newsletter and return to the office. These must be returned by Friday the 16th of August AT THE LATEST.  Cost is $40 and includes entry to the Stadium. This must be paid to the office with this slip. Any queries please contact Mrs Lieshout by email at klieshout@shsinv.school.nz

VERDON COLLEGE

Join us at our Open Day

SUNDAY 4 AUGUST 1pm – 3pm

Principal’s Welcome at 1.15pm

 Class Happenings   ~   Room 1

Welcome back to term 3!  This week we have been focusing on getting back to school mode.  We have been trying hard to make sure that our reading and numeracy rotations are completed to a high standard. 

Numeracy Work

Reading Work

 

For reading next week we are completing our ‘read aloud assessment’.

The following specific learning outcomes will be assessed:

   Able to be heard

   Stands still and holds book

   Develops eye contact

   Uses simple punctuation to assist expression

Could you please assist your child with these.  

They could practise in front of the whole family and even in front of a mirror.

In writing we are still writing our narrative stories.  If your child has been sent home with a note for a new writing book, can this please be at school next week? Many thanks Vanessa Williams.

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Basketball

I give permission for ________________   to play basketball.              

Year ____                    Signed_________________   

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